Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Apr 2012 13:51 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation "Co-developed by IBM and Microsoft, it was intended to replace DOS, the aging software that then powered most of the planet's microcomputers. It never did. Instead, Microsoft's Windows reinvigorated DOS, helping to end IBM's control of the PC standard it had created. By the mid-1990s, IBM had given up on OS/2 - a major step in the company's slow-motion retreat from the PC industry, which it completed in 2005 by agreeing to sell its PC division to China's Lenovo. But while OS/2 never truly caught on, it's also never gone away. Even if you believe that you never saw it in action, there's a decent chance that you unwittingly encounter it at least occasionally to this day." The last time I took a look at eComStation was way back in 2007.
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OS/2 dissmisal both IBM and Ms fault
by cyberhooligan on Sat 7th Apr 2012 21:53 UTC
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2012-04-07

Some anecdotes, first.

I had the chance to have OS/2 installed in some machines, at my University, as a "new technology", sort of a contract between IBM & my university.

They didn't allow the students, to work with them. Later, the academic people, change its mind, and invite students to work with them. But, with any support or teaching, just, take the machine, take the manuals & see what can you do with that.

Win95 just been released, and students, where getting used to. OS/2 machines work, but, where slow. Used a lot of resources.

A teacher used to work with Mac, said, that IBM wasn't wrong about requiring more resources (32 MB of H.D. was expensive at that time), the same path, have been with Apple, but, they could it done better.

The Dean, had a OS/2 system folder icon on its desktop. He commited the common mistake, of thowing it to the trash icon, because he tought it was a game or old document.

Microsoft already have several anti Monopoly court suits. I also, remember mentioned in magazines and the early internet, that IBM tried to tie / restrict developers with agreements, (similar to Apple, these days), something that Microsoft wasn't doing.

Later, I work in a large, manufacturing company, that had a lot of IBM servers, plus, some Windows 98 PCs, as clients.

Several times the programmers require technical info, not just OS/2, but other technologies as well, and had problem getting them. IBM already had its developer network site, but, a lot of stuff, couldn't be available.

It wasn't like a patent, or copyrights, like Microsoft did years ago, secretive about technical info. It was more like burocreatic stuff, plus like not having technical people available full time, or doing other stuff because they where contracted.

Even, Microsoft have people, or some of the technical info available at that time.

Summary

So, knowing Microsoft way of doing business (getting rid of competitors), and IBM bureocracy, OS/2 didn't go as far as expected...

Note:
I forgot to mention, that I live a country where, there is a kind of "conspiracy theory" about IBM, that many competitors outside IBM & Microsoft where discouraged, in favor of IBM or Microsoft.

I don't have probe for this, wish I had, but...

For many years, there where a lot of manufacturing companies that only use IBM servers, I haven't see a lot of old Digital, HP, Sun servers, whatever, like the U.S. and other countries did.

And you know, when a company works like a monopoly, its get used to not giving good quality or support, to customers, and users...

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